Maureen was intrigued. On the next 10 years she shadowed Curt - a man who supports a wife and two children by being a self-taught antiques and collectibles road warrior. He is on the road nearly 24/7, hunting treasure from yard sales, junk stores, flea markets, basements, attics and by invitation-only auctions.
Long on mileage and short on sleep, Avery's success depends on a prodigious amount of esoteric knowledge in a huge number of fields, combined with a familiarity of popular trends in collecting and the humility forged from some highly costly mistakes. An occasional nod from Lady Luck would also be very welcome.
Maureen Stanton is a creative non-fiction writer and in her skilled hands, Killer Stuff becomes a wonderful tapestry of sociology, anthropology, history, economics and crime.
Killer Trivia for Cocktail Parties
1. In one study, more than 60% of American households reported having at least one collection.
2. The first "collection" was found in an 80,000 year old cave and consisted of a cache of "interesting" pebbles.
3. Cat's eye, clam broth, end-of-day cloud, Popeye corkscrew, and marriddle are all names of marbles. One retired toy manufacturer has a 3000,000 marble collection which fills two floors of his house.